Monthly Archive for November, 2010

City-State of Berlin Stops its Climate Protection Act

Berlin’s state environment senator Katrin Lompscher declared that the red/red coalition in Berlin stopped pursuing its project of a state Climate Protection Act (Klimaschutzgesetz).

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CDU to Push for Further Cuts in Solar Feed-in Tariffs?

Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) today reports that the Energy Policy Coordinator of the ruling CDU/CSU parliamentary group Thomas Bareiß (CDU) urged fellow party member and Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen (CDU) to open a new round of solar feed-in tariff cuts.  The unrestricted expansion of PV installations would be on the verge of getting out of control from a financial and technical point of view.

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No Objection from Bundesrat for Nuclear Power Extension and Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax

The Federal Council (Bundesrat) yesterday cleared another hurdle for the recent energy package presented by the German Federal Government, including the nuclear power extension and the nuclear fuel rod tax. However, several SPD-led states (Länder) confirmed their determination to challenge the decision to extend the operating time for nuclear power before the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht).

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Federal Network Agency Issues Exemption for HVDC NorGer Power Line Connecting Germany and Norway

Yesterday, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the German grid regulator, issued an exemption permit for the NorGer high-voltage direct current power line. The NorGer line shall provide a new connection between Germany and Norway.

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New Biomass Bonus Advisory Note from Clearingstelle EEG

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) concluded an advice procedure (“Hinweisverfahren”) with respect to the interpretation and interplay of certain bonus provisions for biomass in the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). The Agency determined that substances mentioned in a positive or a negative list in an annex to the EEG are not subject to a cumulative test of compliance with the general renewable biomass source requirements.

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European Parliament Asks to Extend State Aid for Loss-making Coal Mines Until 2018

Members of the European Parliament considered the 2014 cut-off date for state aid for the operation of loss-making coal mines proposed recently by the Commission arbitrary and feared mass redundancies. They therefore requested an extension of the EU’s state aid cut-off date until 31 December 2018.

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New Dena Grid Study II Published

Dena today published its new grid study “dena-Netzstudie II”. In its base scenario, 3,600 km of new extra high voltage lines have to be built by 2020/2025, at a cost of EUR 9.7 billion. Alternative scenarios would cost up to EUR 29 billion.

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Alliance 90/The Greens Party Convention Adopts Additional Energy Concept

Alliance 90/The Greens (The Greens), which currently hit a poll high with 20% and more in opinion polls, adopted an energy concept at their party conference, last weekend. The title “100% Future Instead of Nuclear Power” emphasizes the priorities of the concept.

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Siemens Reports Breakthrough in CCS Technology

Siemens AG reported that it attained a CO2 capture efficiency of over 90 percent with practically zero solvent emissions. The new post-combustion capture process was reportedly tested for more than 3,000 hours in a pilot facility at the Staudinger power plant operated by E.ON AG.

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MoU signed for new European Association for Storage of Energy

On the occasion of a European conference concerning European energy research, a Memorandum of Understanding for the foundation of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) was signed, the German utilitiy RWE AG, one of the signatories, announced.

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